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Councillor Fletcher, this petition has been started in order to give a voice to those people in Riverdale who are opposed to the proposed directional street changes. We want you to know we are against directional street changes in Riverdale.

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Dear Neighbour,

A proposal has been developed to make major changes to traffic in our neighbourhood, including 5 directional changes on one-way streets.  This will impact your street negatively with higher traffic volume and decreased safety.

 The proposal has been developed by the “Riverdale Traffic Group” – website “” 

The  group was started by a few residents on streets that would benefit dramatically from the changes.  The proposal will shift traffic from parts of Langley, Victor, Simpson and Howland Avenues so that those streets will become safer and more desirable. However, the majority of our community will be faced with the opposite effect.  For example: Langley, Withrow, Logan, Riverdale, Bain, Dingwall, and other parts of other streets will all see higher traffic volume as residents are forced to weave through additional blocks to get home.  Similarly, those who use our neighborhood as a thoroughfare will drive additional streets and alleys (including yours) to avoid Gerrard Street.

Another issue arising would be increased traffic on Gerrard Street directly in front of the neighbourhood’s fire station thus increasing response times!

A further issue will be increased traffic along Withrow Avenue in front of Withrow School. School children walk back and forth along this street twice a day. Do we want to see higher traffic volume in front of the school?

Additional stop signs, speed bumps and reduced speed limits are all effective ways to increase safety - we support such efforts! However, directional changes that shift traffic to neighbouring streets, improving safety and home values for a few, while negatively impacting safety and home values of others is counterproductive. Please help us to increase the safety for everyone in our community and ensure there is integrity in the decision-making process by signing the petition here and sending a message directly to Councillor Paula Fletcher.

 What can you do?

1.     Attend the meeting on Wednesday May 13 at 7:00 pm at St. John’s Presbyterian Church at 415 Broadview Avenue (at Simpson) so you can hear more details and have your say.

2.     Call and/or email Councillor Paula Fletcher at (416) 392-4060  or  to voice your opinion.

3.     Leave your comments on the Riverdale Traffic Group’s website “” 

4.    Sign the petition and insure you have your say.

Please help us to increase the safety of everyone in our community and insure there is integrity in the decision making process.

Say YES to Safety and say NO to Directional Street Changes!


Concerned Riverdale Residents


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